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Arnold Brilz

July 20, 1930 to March 6, 2015

Surrounded by his loving family, Arnold Joseph Brilz, 84, formerly of Mohall and Minot, ND, left this world from the Highmore Healthcare Facility in Highmore, South Dakota on Friday, March 6, 2015 to join his Heavenly Father.

A memorial service was held Friday, March 13, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. at Our Saviors Lutheran Church, Minot.

Arnold was born on July 20, 1930, in Richardton, ND, to Margaret (Renner) and Rochus Brilz. The youngest of eight children, he helped out on the family farm near Richardton, ND and attended school at the Assumption Abbey. After graduation from high school, he attended the North Dakota State School of Science in Wahpeton to learn the printing trade, leading to an approximate 30 year career at the Renville County Farmer newspaper in Mohall, ND.

He married the love of his life, Marlene Blowers on December 30, 1965 in Mohall. They made their home in Mohall where they raised two sons, Kenneth and Lynn. In 1997, Arnold and Marlene moved to Minot and bought a home in the Oak Grove neighborhood where they enjoyed spending time visiting with friends and neighbors.

Arnold was an avid gardener and was known for having a green thumb. He enjoyed growing vegetables in his garden, keeping his lawn looking nice, and growing flowers. He was known for his sense of humor and quick wit. One of his favorite pastimes was drinking coffee and swapping stories with his many buddies. He made friends easily and his caregivers at the Highmore Healthcare Facility became like family to him.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Marlene of Pierre, SD; sons, Kenneth (Peggy) of Pierre, SD and Lynn (Nichole) of Cary, NC; mother-in-law, Erna Tkachenko, Minot; brother-in-law, Bob Blowers and Donalda, Minot; sister-in-law, Rita Brilz, Boise, ID; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Arnold was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Eleanor, Ida, and Alvera; brothers, Al, Ed, George, and Eugene; father-in-law, Emery Blowers; and brother-in-law, Everett Blowers.

Daniel J. Dougherty

Daniel J. Dougherty, age 87, of Detroit Lakes, MN died March 4, 2015 at Essentia Health – Oak Crossing in Detroit Lakes, MN.

His Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, March 9, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. at Essentia Health – Oak Crossing, in Detroit Lakes, MN.

Interment took place at Holy Cross Cemetery, Fargo, ND.

Daniel Joseph Dougherty had more jobs before 17 than some people have in a lifetime, jobs that paid in nickels and quarters, a boon in the Depression. At six he was running messages for the telephone operator in his hometown of Mohall, North Dakota. He and his brothers, Thomas and Paul, carried water to the threshers in the fields and candled eggs for cash, which Danny often spent on licorice. When the circus came to town for three days, Danny got the job of filling the elephant’s trough with water. At 12 he was racking balls at the pool hall, and in high school he was the usher at the Mohall Grand Theatre.

His enthusiasm and work ethic was also shown on high school athletic fields and courts. He played varsity basketball all four years for the Mohall Yellowjackets. He also played football and even tried pole vaulting. Following in his father Tom’s and his uncle John’s footsteps, he played baseball, first base, on a town team, which led to a short stint on a semi-pro team in Canada after high school.

Daniel briefly attended and played basketball for the University of North Dakota, for which he maintained great loyalty, before being drafted to serve in the Korean War. His uncle, John, who served in World War II, advised Danny to “return home a private,” but he returned home a decorated Master Sergeant, receiving the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious service in the infamous “Punchbowl.”

He returned to work that was familiar to his father and uncle, the implement business. A natural born salesman, Danny worked over the years for Case, International, and Massey Ferguson. His brother, Paul, introduced him to Margaret LaRoque, whom he married in Grand Forks in 1953. They lived in Wadena, Minnesota; Mobridge, South Dakota; Bloomington, Minnesota; and Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, raising four children, Maura, Daniel, Sean, and Michelle, all of whom survive him. It was in Detroit Lakes that Danny got what he called “the best job of his life” as personnel director for Becker County, which he kept until his retirement at age 72.

One of the greatest delights in his life was the arrival of his granddaughter, Frances Roisin O’Meara. His greatest life’s challenge was laying to rest his wife of 54 years. After several health struggles, Danny entered Oak Crossing in Detroit Lakes, where he found a new, supportive community that offered him excellent care until his death on March 4th.

Phyllis Richardson

January 24, 1933 to March 11, 2015

Phyllis Richardson, 82, Minot, passed away peacefully Wednesday, March 11, 2015, surrounded by her loving family in her daughter’s home in Minot.

Her funeral service was Saturday, March 14, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. at Vincent United Methodist Church, Minot.

Burial took place at Lansford Cemetery, Lansford, ND.

A Family Prayer Service was held Friday at 3:30 p.m. at Vincent United Methodist Church, Minot.

Phyllis Mae Fields was born to Olen and Annie (Anderson) Fields on January 24, 1933, in Duluth, MN.

She and her family moved to the Lansford, ND, area, in June of 1941. Phyllis attended Lockwood Country School, near Grano, ND, where she graduated from eighth grade, and then attended Lansford High School.

Phyllis married John Richardson at her parents’ home in Lansford. They first lived in Garrison for nine months before moving back to Lansford, where they made their home for the next 38 years and raised their eight children.

She was a stay-at-home mom until 1983, when she began working at the Lansford Café. She took over as manager in June of 1984 until August of 1985. In November of 1985, she took the job of head cook at the Lansford School and worked there until moving to Minot in May of 1988.

In 1989, Phyllis attended the Adult Learning Center, where at the age of 56, she earned her GED in 6 weeks, a fact she was very proud of. She then began an on and off ten year stint as a volunteer tutor in the ESL program at the Adult Learning Center. This was something she truly enjoyed. It gave her great satisfaction knowing she had helped many foreign exchange students of all ages learn English.

Phyllis also did gift wrapping for two holiday seasons at Dakota Square Mall and worked as a bakery attendant for 3 years at Sun Mart in the Arrowhead Mall.

She was a member of the Methodist Church in Lansford, where she was the treasurer for nine and one half years until she moved to Minot. She then joined Vincent United Methodist Church in Minot, where she enjoyed being a greeter, along with her husband, John, and worked in the kitchen for various events. Phyllis joined the Sower of Love quilting group and helped out there when able.

Due to her ill health, Phyllis and John moved to Edgewood Vista in 2008, where she continued to live after John’s death.

She enjoyed reading, cooking, baking, canning, sewing, embroidery, fishing, camping, and playing piano “by ear”. Most of all, she enjoyed the family get-togethers.

Phyllis’ loving family includes her daughters, Paula (Jerry) Peterson, Missoula, MT, Rhonda (Jeff) Jacobs, Fargo, ND, Angela (Kent) Henne, Minot; sons, Rourke (Audrey), West Fargo, Kent (Sue), Farmington, MN, Kory (Laurie), Kenmare; brothers, Walt (Betty) Fields, Nampa, ID, Roger (Wendy) Fields, Williamston, SC; sister, Luella (David) Marty, Ukiah, CA; several brothers and sisters-in-law; 13 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; 9 great-great-grandchildren; an aunt; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John, who passed away September 23, 2011; sons, Ryan and Wade; sisters, Betty Nelson, Carol Twist, Janice Fitzsimmons, and Kathryn Johnson; brothers, Lester, Richard (Dick) and Willard Fields; parents; grandparents; two great nephews; and several sisters and brothers-in-law.

Merle Haerter

April 20, 1928 to February 18, 2015

Merle Jeanne Haerter, 86, passed away on February 18, 2015 at her home.

Funeral services were held Friday, February 27, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. in the Trinity Lutheran Church, Cooperstown, ND.

A Prayer Service was held Thursday at 7:00 p.m. in the Funeral Home.

Burial was held in the Saron Cemetery.

Merle was born on April 20, 1928, to Merville and Thelma Loomis in Dickinson, ND. Merle grew up on a family farm southeast of Sherwood, ND with her brothers, Don and Bob. She attended school in Sherwood and was valedictorian of her high school class. Merle continued her education at Jamestown College. She graduated in 1950 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing and was one of four graduates in the first nursing program offered at Jamestown College.

Upon marrying Willmar C. Haerter September 3, 1950, in Sherwood, ND they made their home in Cooperstown and resided there until their passing.

Merle started her RN career at the Griggs County Hospital in 1951. In 1960 Willy and Merle opened and operated Crescent Lanes Bowling Center and Cafe in Cooperstown. In 1970 Merle was appointed as the nursing home supervisor and held that position until she retired in 1990.

She truly was a loving and selfless woman, making this world a better place for her family, friends, and community as she had a gift for making everyone feel welcome and special. She will be remembered for her smile, laughter, and wit. She was always busy caring for her family, collecting and reading books, quilting, birdwatching, caring for her cat, Mister, gardening, baking, canning, solving crossword puzzles, and volunteering. Music was an important facet of her life. She loved singing, and enjoyed playing the piano and ukulele.

Merle was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church for over 60 years and was involved in Ladies Circle and quilting groups. She counted birds for the North Dakota Audubon Society and enjoyed activities as a member of the Town and Country Garden Club. Merle volunteered at the Cooperstown Thrift Store and delivered lunches for Meals-On-Wheels.

She is survived by her children, Barbara (Craig) Larson, Hawley, MN, Merville (Betty) Haerter, O’Fallon, IL, David (Jane) Haerter, West Fargo, ND, Connie (Jerry) Stokka, Cooperstown, ND, and Susan (Cole) Seaborn, Dent MN; 15 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; her brother, Robert (Phyllis) Loomis, Minot, ND; and her brother-in-law, Paul (Erlys) Haerter, Williston, ND.

Merle was preceded in death by her parents; loving husband of 60 years, Willmar; brother, Donald Loomis; one grandson; and one great-granddaughter. She was truly devoted to family and friends. She was loved by many and her giggles and laughter will be deeply missed.

January Deaths
Robert Johnson, 77, Sherwood, died Wednesday, December 31, 2014, at a Minot nursing home.

Connie May, 64, of Grafton, formerly of rural Mohall, passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 3, 2015, at a Grand Forks hospital, surrounded by her caregivers.

Marilyn Carter, 88, Sherwood, died Saturday, January 10, 2015, at her home.

Allen Merle Johnson, 75, of Manhattan, KS, passed away peacefully Saturday, January 10, 2015, at the Good Shepherd Hospice House in Manhattan.

John Gilford Johnson, 102, of Bemidji, MN died Saturday, January 10, 2015 at Goldpine Home in Bemidji.

Marian Alice (Olson) Becker, much loved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and aunt, 85, passed away peacefully Thursday, January 15, 2015 in Rochester, Minnesota.

Lloyd Lampson, 93, Mohall, died Saturday, January 17, 2015, at a Mohall nursing home.

Jean Krohn-Jaman, age 79, of Minot, died Saturday, January 17, 2015 in a Minot nursing home.

William Burke Allen, 87, Grand Forks, formerly of Mohall, died Monday, January 19, 2015, at a Grand Forks hospital.

February Deaths
Nathan Daniel Duerre, 47, Bismarck, formerly of Mohall, died Friday, February 6, 2015, at a Bismarck hospital.

Arlene Mavis Watland, 90, Richardton, formerly of Antler and Mohall, died Sunday, February 15, 2015, at a Richardton care center.

Elda Mae Steen, 83, Minot, formerly of Maxbass and Glenburn, entered her heavenly home Sunday, February 15, 2015, from Trinity Hospital surrounded by her loving family.

Mathilda “Tillie” Knutson, 90, Kenmare, died Sunday, February 15, 2015, at a Kenmare hospital.

Merle Jeanne Haerter, 86, passed away on February 18, 2015 at her home.

Larry Berglof, 78, Apache Junction, AZ died Thursday, February 19, 2015 in his home surrounded by family.

Donna Strand, 87, Minot, and formerly of Tolley, ND, passed away Friday, February 27, 2015, at Trinity Hospital in Minot.

Helen Josephine Klatt, 90, Rugby and formerly of Mohall, died Saturday, February 28, 2015 in a Rugby nursing home.

March Deaths
Daniel J. Dougherty, 87, of Detroit Lakes, MN died Wednesday, March 4, 2015, at Essentia Health - Oak Crossing in Detroit Lakes, MN.

Surrounded by his loving family, Arnold Joseph Brilz, 84, formerly of Mohall and Minot, ND, left this world from the Highmore Healthcare Facility in Highmore, South Dakota on Friday, March 6, 2015 to join his Heavenly Father.

Phyllis Richardson, 82, Minot, passed away peacefully Wednesday, March 11, 2015, surrounded by her loving family in her daughter’s home in Minot.

April Deaths
Myrtle Miller, 76, rural Lansford, died Friday, April 4, 2014, at a Minot hospital.

Merrill "Bud" Olson, 85, Ada, MN, died Saturday, April 5, 2014, at Benedictine Care Community, Ada.

Kenneth Jerome Strand, 63, Mohall, died Monday, April 14, 2014, at a Kenmare hospital.

Kevin Martin Thom, 59, Dickinson, formerly of Mohall, died Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at a Bismarck hospital.

Frank William Carlson, 83, Bismarck, passed away April 16, 2014 at Missouri Slope Lutheran Care Center.

William “Brad” Carnduff, 29, Sidney, MT, died Monday evening, April 21, 2014, from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident.

Burton (Burt) Clyde Witham, 94, passed away peacefully on April 26, 2014 at Mariposa Gardens in Osoyoos, BC.

Leo Joseph Mayer, 77, passed away April 28, 2014 at his home in Gridley, CA.

May Deaths
Rev. Richard R. Bahe, 85, Alexandria, MN, passed away at his home on Saturday, May 3, 2014.

Marjorie Thelma Eldred, 86, Mohall, died Tuesday, May 6, 2014, at a Minot hospital.

Marvin Stanley Satterlund, 91, rural Carpio, died Monday, May 12, 2014, at a Minot hospital.

Linda Jill Legault, age 70, passed away Friday, May 23, 2014 after a long, courageous battle against multiple cancers.

Dennis Helming passed away at 5:25 a.m. on May 24, 2014.

Myron R. Heath, 71, formerly of Lansford, died May 28, 2014 in the Flagstone Senior Living Facility in The Dalles, Oregon.

June Deaths
Darlene Helgeson, 74, Minot, ND, passed away Tuesday, June 3, 2014, at Sanford Health in Fargo, ND.

Hedvig Overton, 93, Kenmare, ND, died Wednesday, June 4, 2014 in a Kenmare Hospital.

Wayne Clifford Hill, 82, passed away at his home on Sunday, June 8th, 2014.

Gerald C. Vendsel, 92, formerly of Grano, died Wednesday, June 11, 2014, at a Mohall nursing home.

Marvin Helmers, 88, Carpio, ND, died Thursday, June 12, 2014 in a Minot hospital.

Bertha Borghild Fitzgerald, 96, Mohall, died Sunday, June 29, 2014, peacefully in her sleep at a Mohall nursing home.

July Deaths
Marilyn Elizabeth Witteman, 73, Mohall, died Sunday, July 6, 2014, at a Minot hospital.

Viola May Halvorson, 96, Mohall, died Wednesday, July 9, 2014, at a Mohall nursing home.

Lauren L. McLain, 87, Lansford, ND, died Tuesday, July 9, 2014, at his home.

George Edward Solar, 90, Minot, formerly of Mohall, died Friday, July 11, 2014, at a Minot hospital.

Harry “Bud” Fuller, 93, Minot, formerly of Sherwood, died Sunday, July 13, 2014, at Trinity Hospital, in Minot.

Carol Ann Evanger, 74, Bismarck, formerly of Mohall, died Wednesday, July 16, 2014, in a Bismarck hospital.

Edith Maye Clark, 80, Maxbass, died Thursday, July 17, 2014, at her home.

Lois Johnson Spielvogel, 93, Mohall, died Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at a Mohall nursing home.

August Deaths
Irene Schmalz, formerly of Killdeer, North Dakota, passed away August 5, 2014 at the Benedictine Living Center of Garrison after a long battle with Alzheimer’s.

Ethel Elsberry, 80, of Williston, ND, died Friday, August 8, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center in Williston with her family by her side.

Calman Eben “Jake” Allen, 69, Prescott, WA, formally of Tuttle, ND, lost his courageous 2½-year battle with lung cancer on August 11, 2014, with his wife and daughter by his side.

Robert “Bob” Harry Hurdelbrink, 90, Minot, died Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at his residence.

Vincent Feist, Jr., 72, Minot, formerly of Sherwood, went to be with our Lord on Saturday, August 16, 2014 after a courageous battle with cancer.

Betty Jo (Lemmon) Eldridge of Fort Benton, MT went home to be with Jesus on August 19, 2014.

September Deaths
Arnold Neil Sakshaug, 86, Bismarck, passed away on September 5, 2014, at St. Gabriel’s Community.

Doris Engstrom, age 88, of Westhope, North Dakota passed away Friday, September 12, 2014 at a Bottineau hospital.

Leon “Cub” Hembree passed away at a Minot hospital on Saturday, September 20, 2014.

Earl Stanley Engh, Sr., 85, Sherwood, went to be with the Lord on Monday, September 22, 2014, at a Minot hospital.

Glenn Gates, 66, Mohall, passed away on Saturday,
September 27, 2014, at a Minot hospital.

Delores Jean Triplett, longtime Lansford educator and musician, died on September 28, 2014, at the Good Samaritan Center in Mohall, ND.

October Deaths
Dennis Paul Newgard, 76, Mohall, died Thursday, October 9, 2014, at his home.

Kathleen (Kaye) Ione Carlson, 86, Bismarck, passed away October 13, 2014 at Missouri Slope Care Center.

Diane Jean Coates, 67, West Monroe, Louisiana, passed away October 17, 2014, in Hallsville, TX.

Randall Paul “Randy” Johnson, 64, Mohall, died Saturday, October 18, 2014, at a Minot hospital.

Robert Joseph Savelkoul, age 72, a Lansford area farmer, lost his battle with cancer on October 19, 2014 in Mesa, Arizona.

Carole Derr Asheim, 89, Mohall, died Wednesday, October 22, 2014, at a Minot hospital.

June Ruth Schmitz, 88, Minot, died Friday, October 24, 2014 in a Minot Adult Foster Care Center.

November Deaths
Ronald L. Schumacher, known as Opa by his beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren and “Hoot” to a select few, passed away unexpectedly on November 3, 2014 in San Francisco, CA.

Ronald David Bruder, 65, rural Mohall, died Friday, November 7, 2014 in his home.

Ida Berntson, 93, Grand Forks, ND, formerly of Minot, passed away Friday, November 21, 2014, at Woodside Village in Grand Forks.

Vivian S. Becker, 102, Mohall, died Sunday, November 23, 2014, at a Minot hospital.

The world lost a wonderful beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother when Frances Sagsveen passed away surrounded by her children on November 29, 2014.

December Deaths

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